Religion: In One Spirit

The quiet worshipers who call themselves Friends examine their consciences at regular intervals with some searching "Queries." Sample: Are Lone and unity maintained among you? Last week, for the first time in 119 years, Friends of both "branches" could answer: Yea. The Great Separation, which has . divided "Orthodox" and "Hicksite" Quakers, seemed all but ended.

To bring about the reunion, the Quakers had set up a joint body—the Philadelphia General Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends—and invited Quakers from far & near to attend. The Hicksites' red brick, wide-eaved meetinghouse was filled, to near capacity (1,400) with sober Friends. On...

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